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Suitcase Stories 2 is an 18 month reminiscence and music project for people living with dementia and their carers in the Wyre Forest, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Wychavon districts running from November 2018 to March 2020.

During the life of the project there will be 63 fortnightly community sessions in Evesham, Kidderminster and Redditch at museums and community centres, 60 sessions in care homes, 12 monthly music workshops at The Artrix in Bromsgrove, CPD training for the lead artists, mentoring for 3 students or early career musicians and a symposium in March 2020 for the arts, health and museum sector.

The artists are Heather Wastie, Deborah Rose and Tristan Pate. They will each compose at least three new songs from the reminiscences which will be recorded and available online. They will also perform them at 3 dementia cafes and at the symposium. A short documentary film will also be made to help evaluate the project alongside a full evaluation of the outcomes of the project.

The fortnightly sessions will be Monday’s at The Museum of Carpet, Kidderminster 10.30am-12.30pm, Forge Mill Museum, Redditch Monday’s 2.30pm-4.30pm and Wallace House Community Centre Fridays 10.30am to 12.30pm. £2.50 a session (to include refreshments) community sessions leaflet (these have finished for now)

The monthly sessions will be the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 2.45pm costs £2.50 a session (to include refreshments)Music Dementia Workshops leaflet 2018 (these have finished for now)

All sessions must be accompanied by a carer or family member.

We are looking for 3 music students or early career musicians to be mentored by the lead artists for 4 month periods, so if you are interested in community music and working with people living with dementia in a care home or community setting get in touch. More information is here mentoring advert

Also we are looking for people to volunteer at our monthly sessions and at Evesham Wallace House. Contact Jenny or more information.Volunteer job description

We are also running a FREE symposium about the project and other museum and arts work on Monday 16 March 2020 from 9.30am to 1.30pm (lunch will be provided) at The Commandery Worcester. Click here for more information about it and to book.

This project is generously funded by Arts Council, Elmley Foundation, Bransford Trust, Wyre Forest District Council, Redditch Borough Council, Bromsgrove District Council, Worcestershire County Council, Wyre Forest Legion Trust, John Martins Trust and Museums Worcestershire.

See the short documentary about this project here

Listen to the new songs created from the memories here

If you want further information contact Jenny Davis, Project Manager 07946 585978